It took about 13 hours of play at the 50th Annual World Series of Poker to get heads-up in Event #14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. They played heads-up for quite a while but the tournament director and players agreed to halt play after 13 hours and continue tomorrow. Jason Stockfish and Murilo Souza will continue June 8th at noon. Stockfish holds on to the chip lead with 4,095,000 in chips and Souza has 3,425,000.
Stockfish is still in the running for his first bracelet after finishing second three times already. Two of those runner-up finishes are in mixed game events and Stockfish takes the chip lead to the fourth day of play.
For Souza, it's his first WSOP cash and final table. It's a rare feat to win a bracelet in your first WSOP cash, but Souza has that chance on Day 4.
Results so far
|3||Gary Kosakowski||United States||$89,730|
|4||Phillip Hui||United States||$63,860|
|5||Chris Klodnicki||United States||$46,127|
|7||Joseph Aronesty||United States||$25,181|
|8||Danny Woolard||United States||$19,040|
Final Day Action
The day started with 28 players remaining out of the 751 total in the tournament. They were all battling for the first-place prize of $207,003 and of course the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelet. Plenty of familiar faces started the day like Andre Akkari (26th - $4,997), twelve-time WSOP Circuit ring winner Valentin Vornicu (19th - $5,990), and Ashish Gupta (11th - $11,415) but most of them didn't make it to the final table.
Bradley Smith managed to finish third in this event last year and he was well on his way to repeating that feat. Unfortunately for Smith, he was eventually eliminated in 18th place. He did cash for $5,990 this year though, making it back-to-back cashes in this event at the WSOP.
Another impressive performance was Joseph Aronesty and his final table appearance. Aronesty finished in fifth in Event #4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better where he cashed for $50,646. He won about half of that in this event when he finally was eliminated from the tournament in 7th place. Aronesty busted out in a stud hand so he managed to fade the pain of busting in Omaha hi-lo hands in both tournaments.
Others that made the final table but didn't win the bracelet include Alex Dovzhenko (6th - $33,822), Chris Klodnicki (5th - $46,127), and Phillip Hui (4th $63,680). Gary Kosakowski was the last to miss the heads-up when he busted out in 3rd place, cashing for $89,730. It was Kosakowski's first final table appearance since 2014 and his second WSOP final table in general.
They will continue tomorrow with 30 minutes left in level 31. Souza will have the button, and they have four hands of Omaha hi-lo left. They will continue at noon local time.
PokerNews will be there to report on the remainder of the heads-up match.